A Beautifully Bizarre Rainbow Cloud Just Appeared Over This West Coast City

The appearance of an eerie cloud over parts of California has people baffled and slightly freaked out.

The strange rainbow formation was spotted very early in the morning on March 27 over Palm Springs, California by a number of residents. Witnesses were quick to snap photographs, and many described it as resembling the northern lights.

Multiple theories are circulating as to the cloud’s origin. Some conjecture that the luminescent streak was the result of nearby testing by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, while others see the cloud as proof of alien visitation.

However, experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association seem to agree with theories that the odd phenomenon was a noctilucent cloud – a rare cloud made of ice crystals typically only seen at high altitudes around dusk.

While this seems the most likely explanation for the shimmering lights in the sky, even researchers admit that it is extremely rare for a noctilucent cloud to be seen so low in the atmosphere.

Check out the video below for a glimpse of the rainbow cloud.